Flu season peaks between December and February, but it can last all the way through May, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you haven’t gotten your flu shot yet, it’s not too late to protect yourself from the fever, cough, aches and pains that the seasonal flu can bring. A flu vaccination is one of the best ways to make sure you don’t infect those around you with the potentially deadly virus. And it’s especially important for healthcare workers to be vaccinated to help ensure you don’t catch the flu or spread it to your patients or residents. It’s quick, easy—and thanks to your Benefit Fund coverage, free. Just visit your primary care provider or local pharmacy to get your vaccination today.

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Got High Blood Pressure? Get Your Flu Shot!

Here’s another reason to get your flu vaccination: People with high blood pressure who received a flu shot had a lower risk of death during flu season than those who didn’t, according to a recent study. Receiving a flu shot was also associated with a lower risk of death from heart attack or stroke. Why? The stress the flu puts on the body can leave people who have high blood pressure at greater risk for heart attacks and strokes. So if you haven’t gotten your flu shot yet, do it today!

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